Enjoy the flavors of the popular New York street cart chicken (Halal Guys Copycat) right in your pressure cooker with this Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Dish. This quick and easy delicious dinner can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
I love New York City, especially the food. In law school, I took a trip to New York for a conference. Ask me if I remember what the actual conference was about…I don’t.
What I do remember is traveling with some wonderful law school colleagues, seeing Swizz Beatz on the street and asking for a pic (he was so cool about it too), partying at the 40/40 club, and standing in a long line at 3am waiting for some chicken that was sold in a cart.
Yes, you read that right, I like to eat chicken at 3am. That literally was the best street food I had in my life and I knew for sure it was something that I had to recreate in my own kitchen.
Make NY Street Chicken In Your Instant Pot
- 1 Make NY Street Chicken In Your Instant Pot
- 2 How To Make Chicken And Rice In The Instant Pot
- 3 Instant Pot Chicken and Rice (NY Street Cart Style)
I found that my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker was the perfect vessel to recreate this dish. I’m always making one-pot meals in my Instant Pot, like my ever so popular Easy Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans. In fact, I use my pressure cooker so often I’ve made a whole recipe category just for you all in the recipe section of the site.
I adapted this street chicken and rice recipe from the Serious Eats website and perfected it for my Instant Pot. The recipe as written on their site is pretty delicious but I truly didn’t feel like marinating the meat when it came to this dish. Making this dish in the pressure cooker is perfect for a weeknight meal.
How To Make Chicken And Rice In The Instant Pot
1. Create your white sauce
First, you’ll want to make the famous white sauce for this chicken and rice dish. This sauce has a tangy yet slightly sweet taste that pairs well with the rice and chicken. Prepare this first and set it aside.
2. Brown your chicken for flavor
Then it’s time for the pot. You’ll want to brown your chicken in the pot to build flavor, especially since we are skipping the traditional step of marinating the chicken. I like to set my sautè function on high to get a good caramelization. Just make sure you don’t overcrowd the pot when browning as you won’t get a nice sear. Cook your chicken thighs in batches for the best results.
3. Deglaze your pot
Next, you will have nice brown bits (they may even look a little burnt). This is fine, don’t freak out, it’s flavor! Take a bit of chicken broth and deglaze the bottom by pouring the broth into the bottom of the pot. Take a wooden spoon and scrape the bottom bits up. Make sure it’s a wooden spoon as you don’t want to scrape the bottom of your pot with metal utensils.
4. Add your onions and garlic
Next, add your onions and garlic and sauté them until the onions have softened. Make sure onions are softened a bit before adding the garlic. You don’t want the garlic to burn or it will give your dish a horrid taste.
5. Add your rice…but rinse it first
Then add your rinsed rice. Rinsing your rice will allow the rice to remain fluffy and not stick to the bottom. Rinsing your rice is key for any rice dish in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
6. Add the rest of your ingredients
Add your remaining seasonings, broth, and your chicken back to the pot. Push chicken into the broth to ensure it gets fully cooked.
Set the pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Once time is up, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes, dinner is served.
Do you really have to brown the chicken in the Instant Pot first…that is the question?
Yes, yes, and yes. I get it, you may not want to but the purpose is to build flavor since you aren’t marinating the meat.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do…and don’t forget the sauce.
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